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Gift Guide 2012 

100 gift ideas from over 60 local shops

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We spend a few minutes on Thanksgiving remembering what we’re thankful for. But the next day (or maybe even that night), all many can think about is what they want give and receive for Christmas. Why? Because nothing really beats the looks on the faces of your family and friends as they unwrap a gift that’s perfect for them.

No, in our guide, you won’t find any LCD flat screens or $2 Justin Bieber CDs. Instead, you’ll find nearly 100 gifts from more than 60 of Utah’s locally owned shops. Buying local is a good thing, in that it creates jobs, boosts the local economy and preserves neighborhoods. But don’t make the mistake of thinking it’s a joyless, necessary task, like sorting bottles for recycling or carrying eco-friendly tote bags to the grocery.

Local stores do it better. Better attitudes, better atmospheres and better products that you won’t see on the shelves of big-box stores all add up to a better holiday season, both while you’re shopping and on the celebratory day itself.

To make it easy, we’ve divided our recommended gifts into three categories: everyone, girls and guys. You’ll probably even find something for your own wish list.

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Starstruck Frame $19
The best gift is the gift of yourself. Apply that saying literally by giving your significant other a shot of yourself looking your best—surrounded by your other worshipful admirers so he knows never to take you for granted.
Two Dancing Cats, 1790 S. 1100 East, Salt Lake City, 801-485-0554

Mr. Tea Mug $16

Quit yo jibber-jabber about standard stoneware. Afternoon oolong gets a boot to the ass from this Mr. Tea mug.
Squack Doodle,, and at Craft Sabbath Holiday Boutique, Dec. 2 & Dec. 9, Salt Lake City Main Library, 210 E. 400 South, Salt Lake City

Sabino “Torso” $1,035

Marius Sabino became famous in the first half of the 20th century for his use of beautiful translucent, blue-hued glass, often inspired by Art Deco sensibilities. He was most sought-after at the time for massive chandeliers and light fixtures; this decidedly Grecian piece would’ve probably been sold as a paperweight. Now, it’s a breathtaking piece of fine art for the collector in your life.
Retrospect Water & Light, 68 E. 700 South, Salt Lake City, 801-517-3876,

Modern First Editions $10+
It may be impossible to recapture the wonder of meeting beloved characters and worlds for the first time in a favorite novel. But owning a first edition can make someone feel as if they were there at the story’s birth, a witness to the moment these ideas came into the world.
Ken Sanders Rare Books, 268 S. 200 East, Salt Lake City, 801-521-3819,

Vintage Camera Pencil Sharpener $14

Anyone who still uses pencils probably would appreciate this pencil sharpener in the shape of an old-school camera. Its crank handle and knob, which adjusts the sharpness of the pencil, ratchet up the excitement of pencil-sharpening to previously unheard-of heights.
The Library Store, Salt Lake City Main Library, 210 E. 400 South, Salt Lake City, 801-524-8238

Bamboo Socks $4.99

What—socks? For Christmas? Before you throw this guide down in disgust, realize that these are no sad socks from a department store. Made from 80 percent bamboo, these locally manufactured socks are lightweight, super-soft and moisture-wicking. Once they go bamboo, they’ll never go back.
All About Socks, Multiple locations,

Oil & Vinegar Variety Pack $30-$35

Expand someone’s palate with a set of infused balsamic vinegars (aged 18 years) and olive oils in such tasty flavors as dark chocolate and blood orange. Jasoh has more than 30 flavors, so you can create a custom box or choose the “favorite” pack for a surefire foodie hit.
Jasoh, 195 25th St., Ogden, 801-399-0088,

Craptastic Guide to Pseudo-Swearing $13

Anyone from Utah has heard their share of not-quite swear words—”Oh, heck!” But when it comes to translating the PG gibberish being spewed by the angry returned missionary in the neighboring cubicle (“Son of a biscuit driver!”), Brigham Young grad Michelle Witte can offer complete fluency with this friggin’ hilarious book, breaking non-swears down into categories like “classics,” “sexy talk” and even “safe for church.”
Hip & Humble, Multiple locations,

Caffe Ibis Coffee $10.50-$13.50

Locally owned and operated in Logan, Caffe Ibis specializes in triple-certified, organic, Fair Trade and Smithsonian shade-grown coffee from around the world. Yeah, yeah, you’ve heard that kind of stuff a million times before. But you probably haven’t heard of coffee like Highlander Grogg, a liquor-flavored coffee reminiscent of the Scottish Highlands, or Jingle Bell Java, with notes of caramel, vanilla, cinnamon, pecan and warm rum—yum.
52 Federal Ave., Logan, 435-753-4777,
Trophy Bottle Stoppers $8-$10
Everyone will feel like a winner when you present them with a unique bottle stopper made from vintage trophies. And if you pair the gifts with actual bottles of wine, you’ll be a winner during the holidays.
Unhinged, 1121 E. 2100 South, Salt Lake City, 801-467-6588,

Ogden Is Awesome Shirts/Hoodies $20-$30
Say it loud and say it proud! It looks like the kind of retro gem you’d pull off the rack at Savers, but the Ogden Is Awesome T-shirts and hoodies are brand-new, majestic seagull and all.
Grounds for Coffee, 3005 Harrison Blvd., Ogden, 801-621-3014,

Tea Tins $2.95

Tea: It’s not just for sipping while under a blanket anymore. Easy to make and available in thousands of varieties, it’s just the thing for a cold day at the office. Slip a few bags of his favorite blend into a decorative tin, perfect for tucking into a desk drawer or setting next to a pencil cup.
Beehive Tea Room, 12 W. Broadway, Salt Lake City, 801-328-4700,

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Next Great American Novelist Starter Kit $596

There’s something about writing with a fountain pen that lets the creativity flow as smooth as scented ink on silk-laid paper. Nurture their inner Hemingway with a Graf Von Faber-Castell fountain pen, made from finely textured pernambuco wood (used in making violins), J. Herbin ink and a smyth-sewn, lie-flat notebook imported from Japan.
Tabula Rasa, Trolley Square, 602 E. 500 South, Salt Lake City, 801-575-5043,

Bike Cell Phone Holder $25

Texting and driving is unsafe, but when you’re cycling, it’s totally kosher, right? This mount attaches to the handlebars and fits every kind of smartphone (not just Apple), so she doesn’t lose track of what’s important (Words With Friends) in the bike lane, on the sidewalk or coasting down the HPER Highway at the University of Utah.
Bingham Cyclery, Multiple locations,

Art Boxes $25+

It’s not always bad to think inside the box, especially when that box features the iconic art of Leia Bell. Even if he’s run out of space on the walls, he’ll have room for local art with one of these handcrafted wood boxes, perfect for … well, whatever he wants to put in it. It’s none of our business.
Signed & Numbered Frame Shop & Gallery, 2320 S. West Temple, Salt Lake City, 801-596-2093,
Day of the Week Clips $5
Send a hint to a messy co-worker and help her get a handle on her paperwork with these clothespins, which can be used to prioritize and keep tabs on tasks for the week ahead.
Maison Confiserie & Boutique, 1291 S. 1100 East, 801-953-0334,

Mugging Cake in a Cup $2.29

Show your appreciation to the cute neighbor who lent you that cup of sugar with a tasty gift—no slaving over the oven necessary. With locally made Shirley J mixes, all you’ll need to make a single serving of chocolate brownie or yellow cake is water and a mug.
For Your Kitchen, 772 E. 700 South, Clearfield, 801-866-1111,

Raven Platter $450

Poe called the raven a “grim, ungainly, ghastly, gaunt, and ominous bird of yore.” Suzanne Storer’s fluid brushwork brings the haunting “Nevermore” bird to life, with vibrant red splotches adding a sense of violent beauty.
Utah Artist Hands, 61 W. 100 South, Salt Lake City, 801-355-0206,

F Bomb Paperweight $45

This subtle paperweight can help the boss express what needs to be said without breaking workplace conduct rules.
Sugarpost, 80 W. Truman Ave., Salt Lake City, 801-832-9235,

TV Dinner Tray $9.99

Growing up doesn’t mean leaving picky eating behind. This microwave-, oven- and dishwasher-safe dish keeps the gravy from contaminating the peas and brings lighthearted nostalgia to any meal, whether served in front of the tube or in your stately dining room.
Spoons ‘n Spice, 4700 S. 900 East, No. 45, Salt Lake City, 801-263-1898,
Yankz Laces $8.99
Getting to the gym or trail is hard enough without adding the stress and time it takes to tie and untie those pesky shoelaces. The simple plastic cordlock lace system keeps laces tight and ensures untied laces won’t cause a clumsy fall.
Salt Lake Running Company, Multiple locations,

Kiler Grove Wine & Gift Basket, $12-$26 & $30-$100

Everyone packs on some pounds during the holidays—they may as well be local pounds. First, buy a gift basket from Kiler Grove Winegrowers packed with Utah offerings like Butcher’s Bunches Preserves, Millcreek Cacao Chocolate, Beehive Cheese, Samak Smoke House Jerky, Grandma Sandino Garlic and a couple of Kiler Grove wine glasses. Then (in a separate transaction, thanks to Utah liquor laws), buy a bottle or two of Kiler Grove wine and let the folks at Kiler arrange it into one enviable package.
Kiler Grove Winegrowers, 53 W. Truman Ave., Salt Lake City, 801-746-0977,
Wasatch/Squatters Beer Growler $12.29
Cousin Larry thinks he’s so cool for picking up a 12-pack of domestic beer on the way over—make sure you show him up with growlers from the Beer Store. Each holds 64 ounces, and you can fill up with Wasatch and Squatters varieties that you can’t get at the liquor store, like the spicy Jalepeño Cream Ale.
The Beer Store, 1763 S. 300 West, Salt Lake City, 801-466-8855,

Building Stories $50

Chris Ware’s “graphic novel” is actually a box filled to the brim with pamphlets, comic strips, books, fold-out boards, and even a newspaper, all telling the decades-long, interconnected stories of four ordinary people living in the same Chicago apartment complex. The cartoon format allows the tiny jumbled details of a life to take center stage as the reader puzzles over the nonlinear stories. No two people will experience Building Stories the same way.
The King’s English Bookshop, 1511 S. 1500 East, Salt Lake City, 801-484-9100,
Hatch Family Chocolates $9-$75
A box of chocolates might seem like a foolproof gift. It is—especially if you get it from the right place. Step away from the grocery store and head to Hatch Family Chocolates, where the chocolates are hand-dipped in a multitude of decadent, addicting varieties, like the peanut-butter truffles, topped with Mediterranean sea salt. Bring a box to the Christmas party and watch them disappear, with nary a half-eaten chocolate to be seen.
Hatch Family Chocolates, 376 Eighth Ave., Salt Lake City, 801-532-4912,
Magnets $3-$5
Even your sister-in-law’s stainless-steel appliances won’t be able to resist these playful magnets—mustaches, gingerbread men, cookies and more.
JoJo’s Creations,, and at Craft Sabbath Holiday Boutique, Dec. 2 & Dec. 9, Salt Lake City Main Library, 210 E. 400 South, Salt Lake City

Vintage Accordion Boxes $20+

The compulsive organizer in your life will love these vintage boxes, a vast improvement on generic plastic storage. Unsightly or little-used items can be tucked away out of sight, while the stylish boxes serve as decorative accents, to boot.
The Old Flamingo, 3474 S. 2300 East, Salt Lake City, 801-274-3474,

Birch Gift Boxes $3.75-$12.95

These lightweight birch boxes are the gift that keep on giving. Tuck presents large (a bottle of wine) or small (jewelry, cookies) into one of these ingenious round boxes, which can later be used for storage or decoration.
Evergreen Framing Co. & Gallery Inc., 3295 S. 2000 East, Salt Lake City, 801-467-8770,

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Gazelle Head Coat Hook $28

Get the regal look of a wild-game trophy in your home without the uneasy knowledge that there’s a dead animal on your wall. It also doubles as a coat/purse hook.
Squack Doodle,, and at Craft Sabbath Holiday Boutique, Dec. 2 & Dec. 9, Salt Lake City Main Library, 210 E. 400 South, Salt Lake City
Fasta Pasta Microwave Cooker $9.99
Now your favorite carb-loader can have perfectly cooked pasta anywhere—at the office, in a dorm, even on a boat (if there’s a microwave on that boat). The lid includes holes for measuring spaghetti servings and straining. It really works!
Smith & Edwards, 3936 N. 2000 West, Ogden, 801-731-1120,

The Avenues of Salt Lake City $29.95

Originally published in 1980 when the Avenues was established as a historic district, this new edition includes 600 new photos, along with history and architectural information about the homes. Organized by street, it’s the perfect book for Avenues residents and fans to pore over.
Weller Book Works, 607 E. 600 South, Trolley Square, Salt Lake City, 801-328-2586,

License Plate Sign $99

Ditch the oppressive clock and simplify your day with this rustic sign, made from authentic recycled license plates.
Right at Home, 1745 Bonanza Drive, Park City, 435-658-2111,

Illumination Stakes $26

Crystals inside a hand-blown glass globe capture light during the day and emit an eerie glow for hours once darkness falls. These stakes are great for illuminating a path to the garden or enhancing a house’s spooky reputation among the meddling neighborhood kids.
Red Butte Garden Gift Shop, 300 Wakara Way, Salt Lake City, 801-581-4747,

Dammit Doll $13.95

It’s no longer socially acceptable to throw a glass ashtray at the wall (barely missing your incompetent assistant/philandering husband/innocent bystander) when angry. Nor is it cost-efficient to install a punching bag inside your office. So what’s a rage-filled person to do? Here enters the Dammit Doll, an ugly little creature that’ll happily take a proxy beating: Just grasp by the legs and slam it down while you shout “dammit” or your curse word of preference.
Hip & Humble, Multiple locations,
Embroidered Utah Pillow $155
No tacky shot glass or thimble, this hand-embroidered pillow makes the perfect souvenir for an out-of-town visitor or relocated Utahn.
The Queen Bee, 270 25th St., Ogden, 801-791-0241

Orion Skyquest XT6 Classic Dobsonian Telescope $299.95

For less than the price of a new laptop, you can bring the galaxies home with this telescope, perfect for backyard astronomers and the whole family. See the moon and planets in breathtaking, up-close detail, as well as sparkling star clusters, cloudy nebulas and galaxies far, far away.
Clark Planetarium Gift Shop, 110 S. 400 West, Salt Lake City, 801-456-7827,

Peck’s Vanilla $6-$10

Know someone with a super-human sweet tooth? These handcrafted, vanilla-infused sugars (powdered, granulated and raw) and vanilla extract (with 33 percent more vanilla beans than required by the FDA) will add an extra kick to cookies, pastries, breakfast, coffee—anything you can think of, really.
Peck’s Vanilla,, and at Craft Sabbath Holiday Boutique, Dec. 2 & Dec. 9, Salt Lake City Main Library, 210 E. 400 South, Salt Lake City

Urban Mixed Media $50

Beth Fischer (as Patiri Photography) has a well-honed skill for capturing the elements of urban life in Salt Lake City. At once gritty and beautiful, her work brings new dimension to the walls of studio apartments, condos and suburban homes.
The Hive Gallery, Layton Hills Mall, 1201 N. Hill Field Road, Layton

Steady Sticks $14-$18

Protect the booze at all costs! These stakes will hold wine bottles and glasses firmly in the ground, even if you might be a little unsteady while picnicking or enjoying an outdoor concert. Now, if only there were a way to permanently attach a glass of wine to one’s arm …
Red Butte Garden Gift Shop, 300 Wakara Way, Salt Lake City, 801-581-4747,

Retro Composition Books $5

Before hip-hop, sex ed and the guvment started messin’ everything up, kids was just kids, and they all had a few of these. Modeled after vintage American composition books, these notebooks are just 20 pages each, so they’re perfect for bringing personality to even short-term work projects.
The Library Store, Salt Lake City Main Library, 210 E. 400 South, Salt Lake City, 801-524-8238
Tarot Card Soap Dish $14
Clean hands are in the cards for your giftee this Christmas. Add a sense of mysticism and destiny to his bathroom with a colorful soap dish printed with a classic tarot-card design. Just remember that for centuries, painted tarot cards were reserved for the upper class, so make sure the recipient is worthy.
Tabula Rasa, Trolley Square, 602 E. 500 South, Salt Lake City, 801-575-5043,

Yarn Mosaic $10

Psychedelic and recycled—recylcodelic? Rachelle Smith saves the scraps of yarn left over from her crocheting projects, then glues them to the pane of glass in a frame so you can enjoy the swirls of colors with your fingers as well as your eyes.
Hook’d,, and at Craft Sabbath Holiday Boutique, Dec. 2 & Dec. 9, Salt Lake City Main Library, 210 E. 400 South, Salt Lake City Earthly Body Miracle Oil $11.99
It’s magic in a bottle. This combination of hemp seed, tea tree and vitamin E oils soothes razor burn, calms sunburns and even vanquishes more serious problems like scars, insect bites, athlete’s foot and toenail fungus. Give it to a calamity-prone friend to stash in a desk or purse.
Got Beauty, 900 E. 2100 South, Salt Lake City, 801-474-2090,

Pro-Con Journal $12.95
Give the habitual worrier in your life some peace of mind this holiday season. This handy notebook provides space to jot down up to 20 each of pros and cons for dilemmas ranging in urgency from low to high. Once the decision has been made, he can check the "problem solved" box and feel a brief sense of satisfaction before moving on to the next problem.
Cabin Fever, Trolley Square, 602 E. 500 South, Salt Lake City, 801-363-0828, Sake Set $33
Even if he dismisses sake as tasting like warmed-up cough syrup, he probably still enjoys comical smiling cats—and if he doesn’t, why is he even in your life? This set features the traditional Japanese lucky cat in all shapes, colors and sizes and will bring good fortune (and maybe good taste) to his table.
Dancing Crane Imports, 673 Simpson Ave. (2240 South), Salt Lake City, 801-486-1129,

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Balloon Cosmetic Bags $13-$25

When she needs to go up, up and away—in a beautiful balloon or a 747—she can store her makeup in style in one of these colorful bags.
Two Dancing Cats, 1790 S. 1100 East, Salt Lake City, 801-485-0554

Asymmetrical Coat $136

Business in the front, party in the back! Well, sort of: The left side of this Kling coat is brown tweed; the right is brown houndstooth—and the sleeves are the opposite. It’s quirky, but still paints a pretty, professional silhouette.
Q Clothing, 215 E. Broadway, Salt Lake City, 801-474-2000,

Rings $20+
If you like it, put a ring on it—no, not that ring; who wants to be stuck with the same ring on the same finger forever? These high-quality statement rings range from playful to glam, and will allow her to change up her style on the daily.
Solissa’s Boutique, 1950 S. 1100 East, Salt Lake City, 801-467-2909,

Brown Cloche Hat $18

She’ll make a statement both demure and bold in this smart vintage-inspired hat in soft brown. Its black accent band means it accessorizes with all her winter wear for a look that transcends the decades.
Ume Boutique, 186 25th St., Ogden, 801-393-7326,

Hand-Painted Bowls $5.10

She can use these bright bowls for everything from a small scoop of ice cream (portion control!) to stashing her rings and jewelry at the end of the evening.
Details, 1987 S. 1100 East, Salt Lake City, 801-364-8963,

Slap Watches $20

With their neon colors, slap-on silicone bands and interchangeable faces, Slap Watches are reminiscent of the watch crazes of the ’80s and ’90s. Collect ‘em all!
Nineteen70, 1927 Murray Holladay Road, 801-272-1202,

Votive Paint Box $48

The flickering flames of these votive candles will let her paint her space with all the colors of the wind. Choose from the cool-hued paint box in soothing colors like peacock and indigo, or the warm-hued box, with colors that’ll bring a more intense—maybe even sensual—tone to the night.
Evergreen Framing Co. & Gallery Inc., 3295 S. 2000 East, Salt Lake City, 801-467-8770,
Melie Bianco Isabel Purse $99.95
This sophisticated, blush-colored purse features a multitude of interior and exterior pockets. An adjustable shoulder strap and secure key-loop closure will help her be (sensibly) pretty in pink.
Hip & Humble, Multiple locations,

Cartoon Dress $85

She’ll look tops in this fun frock. Sure, the retro-cartoon fabric proclaims that “Home Sewing Is Easy!”, but who could improve on the design of this ready-made dress?
Rockin Dames Salon & Couture, 136 25th St., Ogden, 801-394-5000,

ésame Retro Makeup $18-$26
Not just modern makeup gussied up in a vintage package, Bésame makes high-quality lipsticks, mascaras, powders and rouges in the tradition of the most glamorous Hollywood era, but enriched with vitamins and green-tea extract.
Endless Indulgence, 105 25th St., Ogden, 801-540-8390
Art Deco Necklace $38
This swinging friend will turn your tepid twosome into a lurid love triangle after your sweetheart sets her eyes on this dazzling necklace and its matching gold earrings.
Koo de Ker, 1037 E. 900 South, Salt Lake City, 801-359-4870,

Sorel Conquest Carly Boots $219.95

Used to be, you had to sacrifice style when it came to finding a really hefty winter boot. Not so with the Sorel Conquest Carly boots, which transition seamlessly from the winter cabin to the snow-shoveled sidewalks of Salt Lake City. Bungee laces make the boot shaft a perfect fit, while insulated rubber means moisture and cold temps are never a problem.
Sports Den, 1350 S. Foothill Drive, Salt Lake City, 801-582-5611,
Lavender Hill Products $7.50-$12
Lavender does more than just smell nice—it’s known to soothe troubled nerves and calm the mind. And if she’s concerned about her carbon footprint, she’ll feel even less anxious when she finds out that the lavender for Lavender Hill’s soaps, lotions, mists and oils is grown locally in Eden, Utah.
Green the World, 143 25th St., Ogden, 801-781-3931,

Mary Frances Purse $328

Is it a purse or a piece of art? Both: The cascade of turquoise and silver beads gives it a look both timeless and exotic, making it perfect for a night out or glitzing up the workday. There’s only one setting in which this purse isn’t ideally suited: buried in the back of a closet with other, lesser purses—but that likely won’t be a problem.
Chalk Garden Co-Op, 74 S. Main, Salt Lake City, 801-364-4032,

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Vintage Silk Slip Dresses $42

Encourage her to slip into something a little more comfortable. These one-of-a-kind slips, dyed and adorned by the boutique’s owner, Solissa, are perfect for layering in the winter or going casual in the summer.
Solissa’s Boutique, 1950 S. 1100 East, Salt Lake City, 801-467-2909,

The Goddess Line Scents $28

More than just perfume, these scents are inspired by goddesses from varying cultures and times and, following the philosophy of yoga, are designed to revitalize and balance her state of being. Besides smelling delicious, each fragrance can be used as aromatherapy to remedy the discomfort of PMS (Isis, emphasizing the feminine) or insecurity (Saraswati, goddess of knowledge).
Prana Yoga, 602 E. 500 South, Salt Lake City, 801-596-3325,

Pansy Trench Coat $68.95

With the classic style of this trench coat, plus its beautiful, bright flower pattern, it’s no wonder it’s been seen on shows like Glee and Pretty Little Liars. Corset-like laces in the back cinch to ensure a flattering fit perfect for every spring day.
My Closet Clothing & Gifts, 2490 Harrison Blvd., Ogden, 801-621-7100

Vintage Perfume Bottles $20-$46

A stunning vanity set reminiscent of a bygone era will make the process of getting ready for a night out (at the opera or the Jazz game) that much more special. Warning: The atmosphere created by these glamorous perfume bottles could lead to lingering at the dressing table—so make dinner reservations a half-hour later.
Jade Tree Gifts, 4387 Harrison Blvd., Ogden, 801-479-5535

Moore & Giles Wynn Bag $660

What do you get the woman who has everything, even the perfect new job? The Wynn bag, in stylish Brompton brown leather, transitions seamlessly from the boardroom to the airplane, with a roomy interior and pockets designed specifically for a cell phone, business cards, boarding passes and even files.
Purse Dreams, 1065 E. 900 South, Salt Lake City, 801-355-3550,

Barrettes $1

She’ll have no problem meeting the minimum requirement for flair with these fun barrettes and bobby pins.
Kaye’s Fun Junk, Craft Sabbath Holiday Boutique, Dec. 2 & Dec. 9, Salt Lake City Main Library, 210 E. 400 South, Salt Lake City

Wooden Earrings $16-$24

Anyone with a love of details will appreciate these intricately cut wooden designs, a unique alternative to the same-old, same-old of dangly metal earrings.
Q Clothing, 215 E. Broadway, Salt Lake City, 801-474-2000,

Wallets $10-$16
It’s not exactly cost-conscious to splurge on a new purse each month, but she can chase away the spending doldrums with a colorful new wallet—so long as she doesn’t open it too often.
Ninteen70, 1927 Murray Holladay Road, 801-272-1202,

Cupcake Bath Bombs $6-$12.50

Nothing tastes as good as being alone for just one hour, please! feels—especially during the holidays. She can escape from the hustle and bustle with a cupcake bath bomb that, depending on the “flavor,” will add cooling mint, fizzy melon or even antioxidants to the bathwater. Ah, sweet solitude.
Splendor Beauty, 1635 W. Redstone Center Drive, Park City, 435-575-1800,

Hawaii Necklace $13

Say “Aloha!” to the warm style of the islands, even in the wintertime, with this metal pendant necklace.
Ume Boutique, 186 25th St., Ogden, 801-393-7326,

Cutlery Chime Necklace $15

You might not have ever taken notice of the beautiful patterns of cutlery before, but it takes on new life—and sound—here. A single fork tine serves as a tiny bell clapper in a knife-handle dome, giving her daily life a dainty soundtrack.
Green the World, 143 25th St., Ogden, 801-781-3931,

Silk Scarves $94

These eye-catching silk scarves get their vibrancy from a method of tie-dying called bandhni, which results in colorful dots and detailed patterns. The only downside of wearing one of these finely textured scarves is all the questions she’ll have to field about her new accessory from covetous passersby.
Tabula Rasa, Trolley Square, 602 E. 500 South, Salt Lake City, 801-575-5043,

Bijou Panache Flask $24.50

Once filled, this flashy, yet classy, flask will help her to be sparkly inside and out.
Got Beauty, 900 E. 2100 South, Salt Lake City, 801-474-2090,

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Panda Propaganda Tee $25

Does he love pandas and violence in equal measure? Let him show off his unique tastes in a Panda Propaganda tee by local designer Bacee.
Unhinged Platform, 1121 E. 2100 South, Salt Lake City, 801-467-6588,

Gransfors Bruks Ax $110-$130

These axes have been hand-forged by professional smiths in Sweden since 1902, each carrying the initials of person who made it. Smaller axes can be used for knife-like cuts, larger axes for splitting wood. All usefulness aside, what dude hasn’t always wanted an ax?
Kirkhams, 3125 S. State, Salt Lake City, 801-486-4161,

Glowing Insect Mouse $24.95

Arachnaphobes and sadists alike will enjoy this mouse, which contains a totally creepy actual dead insect. If the sense of power isn’t enough, the mouse also glows at all times, so he can turn every day into a rave.
Clark Planetarium Gift Shop, 110 S. 400 West, Salt Lake City, 801-456-7827,

Death Star Bottle Opener $18

Cast from solid metal and featuring actual details of the Imperial battle station, the Death Star bottle opener is both imposing and incredibly helpful. It’s magnetized, so it can hang ominously on your fridge when not in use.
Dr. Volts Comic Connection, 2043 E. 3300 South, Salt Lake City, 801-485-6441,
Bailey’s By Hollywood Fedora $76
Is it possible for a young-ish guy to wear a hat without looking like a total douche? Yes, if he’s got the right hat. This Hanson LiteStraw hat fits the bill. Its soft, smooth body and feather accent give it a classy, vintage look. Just make sure he follows proper hat etiquette and wears it only when he’s outside, or on his way in or out.
Endless Indulgence, 105 25th St., Ogden, 801-540-8390

Viper Shot King Dartboard $56.50

Don’t sully the man cave by settling for a low-quality starter dartboard. This regulation-size board is made from sisal fibers so that it almost magically heals itself, and the numbers are rotatable, extending the life of the board even further. The included two sets of darts will get him playing right away.
Lina’s Dart Shop, 3149 S. State, Salt Lake City, 801-487-5330

Andrew Christian Underwear $14-$26

Women have Victoria’s Secret, and now men have Andrew Christian, a line of underwear that’s always extra soft and comfortable and runs the gamut from normal to freaky.
Spark, Trolley Square, 602 E. 500 South, Salt Lake City, 801-467-1574

Rocket Car $19.99

Nothing says Christmas morning like the entire family gathered together for hours, painstakingly building a possibly dangerous rocket. This 2-foot-long rocket car’s “fuel” is baking soda and vinegar, which will propel it over 200 feet.
Blickenstaff’s, 15 S. Rio Grande St., Salt Lake City, 801-456-0700; 4801 N. University Ave., Provo, 801-426-9300,

Bone Cheese Board $117

He’ll probably never stop making those late-night trips to the fridge for bread and cheese, but at least this sophisticated cheese board and knife will add a touch of class to his shameful, but delicious, habit.
Jade Tree Gifts, 4387 Harrison Blvd., Ogden, 801-479-5535

Brass Desk Toys $74-$100

These fold-out binoculars and monocular are small enough to slip into a vest pocket or tuck into the secret compartment of the desk in his office, and their 2x magnification make them the perfect tools for spying on his nemesis in the skyscraper across the street.
Tabula Rasa, Trolley Square, 602 E. 500 South, Salt Lake City, 801-575-5043,
Toms $104-$140
If there were any doubts that guys can pull off Toms, they should be erased with the release of Toms+, featuring premium craftsmanship and materials for more stylish and rugged looks. But they’re still just as comfortable as ever, and with every purchase, a pair of new shoes is given to a child in need.
Chalk Garden Co-Op, 74 S. Main, Salt Lake City, 801-364-4032,

Bulldog Skincare $12-$18.50

Packed with natural ingredients and featuring a manly, no-frills design, Bulldog products are best in show when it comes to men’s grooming, having garnered accolades in Men’s Health and Vanity Fair. From exfoliation to shave gel and moisturizing, he’ll have everything he needs to look and feel his best.
Maison Confiserie & Boutique, 1291 S. 1100 East, 801-953-0334,

Coffee Messenger Bag $90 & $110

Now he can wear his commitment to coffee and the environment on his sleeve—er, messenger bag. Glitch Wear upcycles authentic coffee bags into one-of-a-kind bags, featuring houndstooth interiors, plenty of pockets and indie cred.
Atticus Coffee, Books & Teahouse, 738 Main, Park City, 435-214-7241,

Tartan Ties $30

Whether he’s a plaid poseur or a dyed-in-the-wool Scotsman, he can be forever plaid—literally, since there’s a virtually infinite number of tartan patterns. Each clan has a sett of tartan of multiple colors, from basic to hunting (darker tones), ancient (the colors a little lighter, as they might have been when originally dyed in the 18th century) to modern (modern dying techniques for vibrant colors), and Edinburgh Castle imports the best to Salt Lake City.
Edinburgh Castle Scottish Imports, 124 S. Main, Salt Lake City, 801-364-1406,

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Darkotic Splattering Targets 99 cents

Ready, aim … admire! These grotesque, zombie-themed targets explode in a white halo around the bullet hole, but at under a buck each, they’ll make even more striking wall décor.
Smith & Edwards, 3936 N. 2000 West, Ogden, 801-731-1120,
Table Snake $20
These sleek snakes, made by Scott Mitchell Studio, can simply serve as a sneaky decoration or be a creepy-crawly paperweight to remind him to always look out for snakes in the grass—or the workplace.
Utah Artist Hands, 61 W. 100 South, Salt Lake City, 801-355-0206,
Padron Cigars $5-$60
Cigars definitely aren’t the healthiest thing to celebrate with after sealing a huge business deal or becoming a father, but carrot sticks just don’t look as cool. Padron Cigars are great for both seasoned and first-time cigar smokers, with hints of barnyard, spice and chocolate.
Jeanie’s Smoke Shop, 156 S. State, Salt Lake City, 801-532-9001,

Bongos $69-$89

Help him channel Matthew McConaughey with a bongo, ideal for entertaining at parties or stealing some “me” time in the back of a closet.
Dancing Crane Imports, 673 Simpson Ave. (2240 South), Salt Lake City, 801-486-1129,

Man-Cans $9.50

When he (and, OK, maybe you too) tire of the cloying candle scents of vanilla sugar cookie and warm winter apple, he can turn to the manly aromas provided by Man-Cans, like new mitt, campfire, cut grass, New York-style pizza, bacon and even gunpowder and sawdust.
DesignIt Interiors, 775 N. Main, Springville, 801-489-5898,

Skullcandy Slyr Gaming Headset $79.99

Skullcandy is bringing sexy back to gaming with these new-and-improved sleek headsets. The entry-level Slyr is compatible with PS3, Xbox and PC gaming, with a boom mic, stereo sound and volume controls on the cord that will let him adjust how much of the game he wants to hear and how much of his friends he wants to hear.
Graywhale, Multiple locations,

Jack the Ripper Lavatory Mist $12

If there’s one good thing about guys being so open and unashamed about their bodily functions, it’s that they probably won’t take offense at this gift, which promises to instantly eliminate “that which reeks” with the help of sage and green apple. Phew!
Got Beauty, 900 E. 2100 South, Salt Lake City, 801-474-2090,

Gas Pump Liquor Dispenser $34.00

If your guy and his friends have moved on from the hilarity of the beer bong, they can now drink with a sense of refined novelty. This liquor dispenser makes it easy and fun for party guests to mix their own cocktails. Fill ‘er up.
Blue Boutique, Multiple locations,

Lego Ninja Clock $39.95

When it comes to habitual late-risers, specialized help is sometimes required. This Lego ninja has the chops. But despite his imposing (and detachable) 11-inch sword, he’s easy to disable—simply press down on his head to snooze or check the time.
Cabin Fever, Trolley Square, 602 E. 500 South, Salt Lake City, 801-363-0828,

Toy Car Box $6.99-$15.99
Your inner Grinch might be tempted to toss those random baseball cards and toy cars that he’s clung to all these years; instead, give him a place to stash those mementos of childhood that’ll be up your alley and his. Vroom, vroom!
UMFA Gift Shop, 410 Campus Center Drive, Salt Lake City, 801-581-7332,

Backpacks $35-$66

Drawing inspiration both from rugged mountaineering and ‘90s neon, a new backpack can erase the bad memories of the overly large, 20-zippered, spine-crushing backpacks he carried around in high school.
Called to Surf, 15 S. Rio Grande St., Salt Lake City, 801-456-1406; 4801 N. University Ave., Provo, 801-224-8400,

Whisky Stones $24
If he’s truly got the stones to drink straight whisky, the last thing he wants is melty ice water at the bottom of the glass. These reusable soapstone cubes will keep his spirits cool without tainting their taste.
Olive & Tweed, 608 Main, Park City, 435-649-9392,
Bike Chain Bowl $84.95
[image-103] Handmade in Oregon from recycled bike chain, this hefty bowl is a perfect place to toss keys and spare change once the chains of the workday have been loosened.
Evergreen Framing Co. & Gallery Inc., 3295 S. 2000 East, Salt Lake City,

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